Friday, July 21, 2006

Doldrums

I feel so burnt out and there is so much work yet to be done on a number of projects I've accepted. They're all paying peanuts so I have to pile up a good number of them to make sure I end up with a tidy pile in a month or two. Collecting the fees for these projects can be such a hassle sometimes and it's something I've learned to deal with

In anycase, I need a break. A long good one somewhere out of the city. I need to go to the top of some mountain or some deserted beach somewhere. I don't want to be near a telephone, cell phone or computer.

Wouldn't it be great to have some peace and quiet while watching the day go by slowly?

Right now, I think I can do that at Casa San Pablo, which was the location of our first shoot with Gene's Cuisine.

The place is sooooo charming, the perfect cozy hideaway that isn't crowded by too many people.



My perfect past time so far, when I was there, was lying down in a hammock beneath the large pine trees Inay had planted several years back. Oh, and those happy conversations with Boots about art, furniture restoration, and food.

Oh! I'll be back there.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Pinay Girls






Thursday, July 13, 2006

Tale of a lost XDA II

Yesterday, my wife and I spent most of the morning and part of the early afternoon at the Green Hills cellphone bazaar looking around to see if the XDA II she had lost would turn up in one of the stalls.

This had been prompted by a story a couple of months ago that the lost cell phones of 2 of her officemates had turned up there.

We memorized the IMEI number of her cellphone and went to each stall in the sprawling bazaar, looking at XDA II's to see if any would have an idential IMEI number. After looking at every XDA II phone we could find, we turned up with zilch.

The chances of finding a lost cell phone there has very high odds stacked against it.

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Two days ago, my wife called up the customer relations service of SM in Santa Mesa and she inquired if anybody had returned her cell phone or if they could give her any leads.

She also inquired about the possibility of looking footage from their surveillance cameras. She was told that that would not be possible since those cameras were not pointed towards the direction of the Pharmacy where she had lost her cell phone and that in any case, the footage taken by the surveillance cameras were only for internal consumption.

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Minutes after realizing she had lost her cell phone, my wife had approached the customer relations area of SM in Santa Mesa and the people stationed there were absolutely of no help... Neither were the girls manning the counter of the nearby pharmacy.

One thing about SM is that it refuses to accept any responsibility for the loss of any valuable objects you may be carrying within their store premises. Legally, they may have the right claim, but really... Would it hurt them at all if they could be a little more helpful?

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The lesson, always assume that thieves and opportunists outnumber honest people in this world.

Another lesson is that you can never count on the employees of SM to help you out.

Oh, there's also a ton of other observations I'd like to write about regarding the sales people at SM Santa Mesa.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Here is a small collage of my collection.

I promise to post more as soon as I figure out how to work picasa2 so I can post pics with more resolution.

Get a magnifying glass and enjoy or you can hunt around the archives of this blog.


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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Hot pinay pictures missing?

Or more to the point, they are all in the HDD that crashed yesterday while I was installing Adobe Premiere. Darn!

It seems my favorite computer genius has a few tricks up his sleeve, he guarantees me the HDD can still be fixed and all the files restored. Oh well, the disk is due back by tomorrow.

Oh and by the way, if you folks at Race Fans are checking in on this blog -- I've been seeing that familiar Globe IP on my webcounter. Is that you Richard? Don't worry, I won't post anything you wouldn't want me to post because I have nothing of the sort. He-he-he!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Watch out for my hot pinay pictures


Over the past several months I've been snapping away at the hot girls who frequent the Philippine Touring Car Championship races, Race Fans events, and a slew of car shows.

There may be some of you who may be looking for them and can't find them because they are in the May 2006 archives. So as not to disappoint you seekers out there, I will be reposting them tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. Please be a little patient as I will most likely have to go to an internet shop with broadband access as it takes forever to upload it using a dial up connection.

In the mean time, here's a little something to whet your appetite.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Freelancing writing

I am between projects right now. And, that doesn't mean I am currently jobless. I am really taking my sweet time before plunging into work again and from the looks of it, next week is going to be one heck of a week.

There's an online real estate guide that needs short zappy copy for about 40 web pages, five radio commercials for the PIA that need scripts, and whole slew of news releases that needs to be written for a brand of sing-along systems.

It'll be a tidy sum when all the checks come in and that'll be in two or three weeks.

All I had to do was to call up people whom I had written for in the past.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they were actually up to their necks in writing projects that needed to be farmed out. One guy was actually about to call me when I called him and was aghast at the apparent synchronicity.

The Universe/God, I said to him, hates vacuums and fills it up as soon as it is discovered. Moreover, it pays to call people for no other reason than to say 'Hi and by the way'... It always works in my favor.

There are days when I really miss getting pay checks from a regular job. But after about a year of freelancing, I've realized that it's actually more fun hunting for pay checks than just collecting one every two weeks -- whether you worked for it or not. It is, by far, a more honest transaction.
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